Which activities are best to survive family time over the holidays?

Anxious about the upcoming holidays and the family time this season requires? We’ve got some great bottles of wine that can help.

Embarrassing moments are casually tossed into a minefield of mixed company during family get-togethers and often no one leaves the battlefield unscathed. The secret to survival is to bring your own holiday cheer.

The professionals have endless strategies for dealing with all of the potential triggers that abound during this high-stress time of year, but we have other (simpler) ideas.

These strategies might not be approved by the AMA, but we hope they can do something that your in-laws can’t … help you have a happy holiday season.

Wine

A little wine may help you loosen your grip enough to let go of the little things that don’t really matter so you can focus on the warmth and camaraderie that are truly important. If it works, then why not?

2018 BOLD Wine Company Chardonnay Sonoma County

2018 BOLD Wine Company Chardonnay Sonoma County 

This highly rated Chardonnay is infused with an abundance of stone fruit, mandarin blossom, green apple, and savory herbs. Stay cool, calm, and collected no matter what with this bottle.

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2020 Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

2020 Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

This Sauvignon Blanc is brimming with a potent fruit intensity of ruby-red grapefruit, guava, green mango, and kumquat. An extra jolt of citrus enhances the experience to create a fresh and lively wine that can revitalize your holiday spirits.

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2017 Il Borro Petruna Toscana IGT

2017 Il Borro Petruna Toscana IGT

Petruna Toscana from Il Borro’s taste is alive with an abundance of flavors of grapes with aromas of violets and dried apricots, making this wine a devilishly dark delight.

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2019 Halpin Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley

2019 Halpin Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley

If you want to be prepared for anything the holiday might throw at you, this Halpin Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley will satisfy all of your red wine needs.

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Other strategies

If you prefer not to result to wine — or if wine won’t be enough — here are some other strategies to stay cheerful through the holidays.

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity bills itself as “a party game for horrible people,” so who better to play it with than your family? The themes are adult – very adult – and you can use the game to sublimate your deeper, perhaps slightly less acceptable, feelings into something that is not only better tolerated, but a whole lot more fun. 

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Snowman Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

Snowman Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

If the family get-together is going to be stressful, maybe it’s best to diffuse the situation before it causes too much anxiety. An essential oil diffuser can release a calming mist of lavender or rose to help keep the atmosphere a little more relaxed. This model is cleverly disguised as a snowman, so it will fit right in with the wintery theme of your holiday decor.

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Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones

If you don’t like where the conversation is headed, all you have to do is pop in these noise-canceling headphones and drift away to your own private sonic oasis. Effortlessly free yourself from pointless political rants, endless streams of dad jokes, and all other forms of social discomfort with these handy conversation blockers.

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Sharper Image Calming Comfort Weighted Blanket

Sharper Image Calming Comfort Weighted Blanket

Sometimes all it takes is knowing that there’s a luxurious reward waiting for you at the end of the day to make it through. When the party is over and the house is once again yours, climb into bed and find serenity beneath a cozy weighted blanket to enjoy a blissfully restful night. This also makes for a great present for someone else, as well.

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